Editor’s Note: The subject of this story requested to be anonymous and thus will be referred to as Kofi.
On March 12, 2020, the Ministry of Health confirmed that Ghana had recorded its first cases of Covid-19. After this, a spike in Covid-19 cases resulted in a partial lockdown of Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi areas which took effect on March 30, 2020, to help curb the spread of the virus.
The partial lockdown meant that there were some restrictions in place and not every worker was allowed to commute to work during that period, except those whose jobs demanded that they provided special services, resulting in most people working from home.
Before the declaration of the partial lockdown by President Akufo-Addo, Kofi was six months into his national service at Guinness Ghana Breweries, Kumasi.
The services that the company provides meant that Kofi had to still communte to the office daily during the lockdown.
“My challenge had to do with the Covid-19 safety protocols. Most especially was the traveling restrictions which prevented me from traveling upon two weeks break at work,” he revealed.
Kofi further revealed that he later ajdusted to the ‘new normal’ and challenged himself to do more in the position he occupied; and amid Covid-19, he was able to achieve success as an national service person in a huge institution like Guinness Ghana Breweries.
“I was able to lead my team to deliver in midst of various restrictions and also being a fresh graduate from school I was able to learn and adapt myself with new things altogether.”
“When I was asked to act as the asset care planner though I did not have any knowledge in engineering but I was able to deliver,” he added.
Kofi graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Biological Sciences from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), but he was able to lead a team of about fifteen mechanical and seven electrical engineers.
His ability to take responsibility even as a national service person in addition to his hard work and dedication ensured that he was retained and given a contract at the company after he completed his national service.
But according to Kofi, he wasn’t surprised when he was retained and given a contract, but was very happy when he received the news.
“I was not surprised upon me being retained and given different role to play but then I was happy upon hearing the news.”
“I think what influenced my boss was the fact that though I did not do engineering back in school but I was able to take up and act in position purposely for engineers,” Kofi added.
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